Posted on 19 November 2011.
- Matt Kemp was the latest to have good things to say about Frank McCourt a few days before his signing and the truth is: people who work for McCourt and the players have an entirely different opinion of him than the fans. I’m not painting him as a saint or anything, but Dodger fans are no different from the average American Public who love to make heroes or villains out of people. The truth is: many people are neither hero or villain – there’s a lot of middle ground and that’s probably where Frank McCourt lands. I still say that the Dodgers are in better shape now than when Peter O’Malley sold them to FOX, which begs the question: Why is everyone wanting Peter O’Malley back?
- I think something happened behind the scenes (which we will ultimately find out in a few months) that caused Frank McCourt to change his mind and sell the Dodgers. I don’t know what it was, but it will be interesting to find out. It caused him to do a 180…
- FOX is seeking to have the Dodgers bankruptcy be dismissed as all the debts will be paid when the team is sold. That is a move of desperation that the Court will not grant as now that the process has started, they will see it through. Good try, FOX!
- How the Dodgers fare next year will be greatly determined how healthy and effective Juan Uribe and Mark Ellis are. I don’t think it would be realistic to think that either one could have a career year (although it is possible), but to see how bad the Dodgers were at 2B and 3B last year you only need to know that if Ellis and Uribe had just their average year, it would be a great improvement:
A changing of the guard: John Ely and Carlos Monasterios were outrighted to AAA and the Dodgers added LHP Michael Antonini, outfielder Alex Castellanos and RHP’s Stephen Fife, Josh Wall and Chris Withrow to the 40-man roster, which is currently a 38-man roster.
- Mark Ellis average year: 10 HR/24 Doubles/51 RBI/ .266 BA/.728 OPS
- Juan Uribe average year: 14 HR/22 Doubles/57 RBI/.252 BA/.721 OPS